ARCUS at AGU 2018 Fall Meeting
We are gearing up for a busy week at the upcoming AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.! ARCUS staff and board members hope to see many of our colleagues and friends—and meet new ones—at the ARCUS-related events at AGU this year, including an Arctic Funders “Meet and Greet”; the ARCUS Annual Meeting; our open Arctic Community Reception; several sessions, talks, and posters; and hosting the Community Meeting Room. Also, there will be a number of PolarTREC alumni and their students presenting. Be sure to check out all the education and communication sessions!
Upcoming PolarConnect Event!
Join PolarTREC during a live event from McMurdo Station in Antarctica. The event will be held on Monday, 17 December 2018 with teacher Mike Penn and the Antarctic Automatic Weather Stations 2018 Team. Read more about their research and what Mike is doing here. The one hour event starts at 8:00AM Alaska Standard Time (9am PST, 10am MST, 11am CST, 12pm EST). The event is free. Please join us!
New Website Available
Incidents and Lessons Learned in Arctic Fieldwork
Researches working in the field in the Arctic face many challenges to health and safety. To learn from past incidents and prevent future injuries, the Arctic Sciences Section at the National Science Foundation is sharing information about the accidents and near misses that have happened during fieldwork.
The short summaries for each incident can be used to seed discussions within field teams about how to better manage risks in the field. In some cases, Lessons Learned documents have been drafted to emphasize the root cause of an incident to prevent it from happening in the future. The information is not attributed to any individual or projects. The goal is to increase reporting of incidents and near misses while also decreasing the occurrence of incidents in the field.
This effort is one of the outcomes of the 2014 workshop on Arctic Field Safety Risk Management. The Arctic Sciences Section encourages researchers to report incidents and near misses to their cognizant program manager or to their project manager at CH2MHILL Polar Services.
November Witness Community Highlights
The November 2018 issue of Witness Community Highlights is now available online. This issue includes three articles: "A New Season for Sea Ice and Walrus" provides news of the Sea Ice for Walrus program's investigation of how low Arctic ice conditions affect walrus migration; "Co-Production of Knowledge and Multi-Level Governmental Collaboration in A Rapidly Changing Arctic" discusses efforts to address the impact that rapid climate change has on Alaska Native communities; and "Unique Fellowship Program Promotes Community Interaction" illustrates the unique way that Sitka Sound Science Center's Scientist in Residency Fellowship program facilitates community engagement activities for polar scientists.
Antarctica Day 2018
After almost 59 years, the Antarctic Treaty continues to shine as a rare beacon of international cooperation. To celebrate this milestone of peace in our civilization with hope and inspiration for future generations – ANTARCTICA DAY is recognized to be December 1st -the day when the Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959. As an annual event, Antarctica Day encourages participation from around the world. Learn more about this amazing polar region and join in one of the many events celebrated around the globe.
Researchers, apply today!
We are accepting applications from researchers interested in hosting an educator on a polar field-based expedition in 2019 or early 2020. It's a great way to share your research with students and the public. For more information about the process or to apply, contact us at info [at] polartrec.com.
Allyson Woodard’s Alaska Expedition Photos
Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher Allyson Woodard’s Permafrost and Community expedition to Nikolai, Alaska, that took place from August 7th to 22nd, 2018.
Jennifer Bault’s Antarctic Expedition Photos
Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher Jennifer Bault’s Seasonal Sea Ice Production in the Ross Sea expedition to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, that took place from October 21st to November 25th, 2017.
Lisa Seff's Arctic Expedition Photos
Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher Lisa Seff's 2017 expedition aboard the R/V Sikuliaq in the Beaufort Sea, that took place from August 20th to September 21st, 2017.
George Hademenos’ Antarctic Expedition Photos
Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher George Hademenos’ Antarctic Automatic Weather Stations expedition to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, that took place from October 28th to November 26th, 2017.